Did you enjoy maths at school? To most people maths, was a subject they either loved or hated. Our aim at Melksham Oak is to provide a wholly positive experience of mathematics and to send our young people out into the world not only with the mathematics qualifications that they need, but with an appreciation and enjoyment of the subject. To this end we aim to:
Provide students with a rich diet of maths that encompasses mathematical application, project work, games, and investigational activities.
Create a culture of success in which confidence in the subject is built and provides a platform to maximise achievement at GCSE and A-level.
Grow our students into independent learners through our online homework scheme.
Provide a differentiated learning experience to meet the individual needs of every student from our gifted and talented students to those who find maths a struggle.
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Pupils follow the national curriculum working on termly schemes of work based on the four main maths curriculum areas of Number, Algebra, Shape & Space and DataHandling. Each term concludes with a Rich Maths activity in which pupils explore the maths topics through games, investigations and application.
The school year then concludes with a big maths project.
In Year 7 we explore the Battle of Trafalgar through maths. At the start of Year 7 all pupils are grouped into sets according to their ability. Through regular assessment this setting is reviewed termly.
Year 8 pupils work on the ‘Peoples of the World’ project in which they explore global statistics in order to produce a presentation on the country of their choice.
Year 9 pupils work on Personal Finance, role play a fictional character and manage their finances.
At KS4 the emphasis turns to exam success. At Melksham Oak we follow our own modular course on which pupils navigate their way through ascending GCSE levels. Each Module ends in a GCSE-style exam giving the teacher and pupils an accurate picture of pupils’ progress. The modules have been designed to grow a pupil’s confidence through good and accurate assessment that focuses on pupil improvement and clearly demonstrates to the pupils how they are growing in understanding of the subject.
Pupils are given the opportunity to take their GCSE early in either November or January of Year 11. Pupils who pass on at least their target grade can then either work towards improving their grade in June of Year 11 or alternatively can work on another curriculum area.
The combination of our customised modular system along with the use of early entries has been at least in part responsible for hugely improved exam results over the last 2 years.
Homework is set weekly through the Mymaths website. Weekly after-school homework help sessions and revision sessions also take place.
We offer both AS and A-Level mathematics at KS5. Following a recent growth in popularity for A-Level maths and on going improvement in our results, for the first time we will be running a Further Maths course next year.
We follow the EDEXCEL AS and A-Level course and our experienced team of A-Level teachers thoroughly enjoy inspiring and challenging are brightest mathematicians.
At the heart of The White Horse Federation is a belief in using collaboration to provide a first-class education to a wide range of children. This means that every child understands what they are capable of, and can collectively strive for excellence.